Ordinary People

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(out of 5)


Casting against type is what’s best about this family drama, one of the first to start the 80s trend of sober films where people talk about their myriad of problems.  is so good she’s scary as the hard-edge suburban mother who refuses to see the problems facing her and her family: her husband () is slipping away from her emotionally and her younger son ( in a great debut) can’t deal with the accidental death of his golden-boy older brother, so much that he has previously attempted suicide. Sutherland as the husband is so very great, finally allowed to play an open person with feelings (he’d perfected that cold-blooded unaffected hero thing in Klute and it seems to be haunting him to this day). Credit Moore, though, for pushing this film forward–her character’s self-denial makes you want to scream–and credit director Robert Redford for making sure every actor in the piece is so precise.  Beautiful work from all, including a great supporting cast with  (another great screen debut),  and  as a shrink whose scenes are a pre-cursor to Good Will Hunting.


USA, 1980

Directed by

Screenplay by , based on the novel by

Cinematography by

Produced by

Music by

Production Design by ,

Costume Design by

Film Editing by


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Academy Awards
Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Timothy Hutton as “Conrad Jarrett”)
Best Directing (Robert Redford)
Best Picture (Ronald L. Schwary, producer)
Best Writing (Screenplay Based on Material From Another Medium) (Alvin Sargent)

Nominations
Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Judd Hirsch as “Dr. Berger”)
Best Actress in a Leading Role (Mary Tyler Moore as “Beth Jarrett”)

Golden Globe Awards
Best Motion Picture-Drama
Best Performance By An Actress in a Motion Picture-Drama (Mary Tyler Moore)
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture (Timothy Hutton)
Best Director (Robert Redford)

Nominations
Best Performance By An Actor in a Motion Picture-Drama (Donald Sutherland)
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture (Judd Hirsch)
Best Screenplay (Alvin Sargent)

New York Film Critics Awards
Best Film

Nominations
Best Actress (Mary Tyler Moore)
Best Supporting Actor (Timothy Hutton)
Best Director (Robert Redford)

Los Angeles Film Critics Award
Best Supporting Actor (Timothy Hutton)

National Society of Film Critics Award Nominations
Best Actress (Mary Tyler Moore)
Best Supporting Actor (Timothy Hutton)

National Board Of Review Awards
Best Film
Best Director (Robert Redford)

Writers Guild Award
Best Drama Adapted from Another Medium

Directors Guild Award
Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures (Robert Redford)

British Academy Award Nominations
Best Actress (Mary Tyler Moore)
Most Outstanding Newcomer to Leading Film Roles (Timothy Hutton)


OrdinaryPeople

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